Using black powder on your teeth to make them white may sound crazy, but there is something unique behind the current activated charcoal trend.
The talk of using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth naturally is popping up all over social media and various beauty blogs, but what is the truth behind charcoal powder and is it safe for your teeth and overall health? We did a bit of research on this topic and explored the current beauty trend.
What is activated charcoal and how does it work?
Activated charcoal has been traditionally used in hospitals to treat accidental poisoning or drug overdose. It extracts toxic substances in the gut like a sponge and prevents them from being absorbed by the body. Its purifying properties act as agents that absorb impurities. When activated coconut charcoal is used on teeth it works by pulling stains off your teeth through an absorption process as it regains lost white look and naturally brings brightness to teeth. Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance and it is able to remove toxins when they adhere to the surface of the charcoal. Further research and experiments have also shown that activate charcoal is beneficial for overall health of the mouth as it is effective in preventing cavities and kills bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. It has been used as a part of regular mouth hygiene in India for decades now, where activated charcoal toothpaste and powders are nothing new. It is a natural product and therefore free of any harmful chemicals that can harm your body.
How is activated charcoal used to whiten teeth?
The charcoal powder can get a bit messy but it can easily be cleaned up. Be careful when opening the tube for the first time as it has a protective cap. Wet your toothbrush but ensure there is no excessive water left on it, dip it into the charcoal powder and tap it to get the right amount. Gently brush your teeth for 1-2 minutes and rinse thoroughly to eliminate the charcoal powder residues that sits between your teeth and gums. Activated charcoal powder should not be used instead of a regular toothpaste but rather as a compliment to your daily teeth brushing routine.
When do you see results?
From recent experiments and case studies, you are able to see results even after first brushing. As soon as toxins and impurities are absorbed by the charcoal, your teeth are visibly whiter and brighter. A long-term use and regular daily brushing will ensure teeth are whiter, brighter and that your mouth is toxin free.